Gophers hire new softball coachJamie Trachsel comes to Minnesota after one season at Iowa State. Jack WarrickJuly 24, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintJamie Trachsel was hired as the Gophers new head softball coach, athletics director Mark Coyle announced on Monday.“[Trachsel’s] leadership has consistently produced winning results,” Coyle said in a statement. “That track record, paired with her Midwestern roots and proven ability to develop the skills of her student-athletes … makes her the perfect fit for the Gophers.”The hire comes after former head coach Jessica Allister announced her departure for Stanford Tuesday.Trachsel was the co-head coach of North Dakota State University for six years before moving to Iowa State last year. She helped the Cyclones to their best regular-season league finish since 1994. Trachsel — a Duluth, Minnesota native — played college softball at St. Cloud State University from 1998-2000, earning trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament in every year she played.Soon after she finished playing softball at St. Cloud State, Trachsel began her coaching career at NDSU in 2002 as a graduate assistant, becoming co-head coach in 2011, and leaving the program for a one-year stint with Iowa State last year.“I could not be more humbled and honored to lead the Gophers softball program,” Trachsel said in a statement. “Returning to my home state is one that I could not pass up.”Allister had led the Gophers to five consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament. She is credited with leading the Gophers to the best record in Division I softball last year.